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NVMe SSDs and DRAM for High Performing Mixed Workloads

This guest article from Kingston Technology covers how NVMe SSDs and DRAM are being used for high performing mixed workloads. 

NVMe Flash: A New Level of High-Performance Data Consistency for the World’s Most Demanding Workloads

The pace of today’s data growth is staggering, and it’s keeping IT specialists on their toes. This guest post from Kingston Technology explores how innovation in storage like NVMe are working to keep up with today’s most demanding data work loads. 

Supermicro Steps up to HPC & AI Workloads at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Perry Hayes and Martin Galle from Supermicro describe the company’s latest innovations for HPC and AI workloads. “Supermicro delivers the industry’s fastest, most powerful selection of HPC solutions offering even higher density compute clusters to deliver maximum parallel computing performance for any science and engineering, simulation, modeling, or analytics applications,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro.

Agenda Posted for ExaComm 2018 Workshop in Frankfurt

The ExaComm 2018 workshop has posted their Speaker Agenda. Held in conjunction with ISC 2018, the Fourth International Workshop on Communication Architectures for HPC, Big Data, Deep Learning and Clouds at Extreme Scale takes place June 28 in Frankfurt. ” The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and software/hardware designers from academia, industry and national laboratories who are involved in creating network-based computing solutions for extreme scale architectures. The objectives of this workshop will be to share the experiences of the members of this community and to learn the opportunities and challenges in the design trends for exascale communication architectures.”

Video: NVMe Takes It All, SCSI Has To Fall

Alexander Ruebensaal from ABC Systems AG gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference in Lugano. “NVMe has beome the main focus of storage developments when it comes to latency, bandwidth, IOPS. There is already a broad range of standard products available – server or network based.”

High-Performance Big Data Analytics with RDMA over NVM and NVMe-SSD

Xiaoyi Lu from OSU gave this talk at the 2018 OpenFabrics Workshop. “The convergence of Big Data and HPC has been pushing the innovation of accelerating Big Data analytics and management on modern HPC clusters. Recent studies have shown that the performance of Apache Hadoop, Spark, and Memcached can be significantly improved by leveraging the high-performance networking technologies, such as Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). In this talk, we propose new communication and I/O schemes for these data analytics stacks, which are designed with RDMA over NVM and NVMe-SSD.”

AWS Announces EC2 Bare Metal instances and C5D instances with local SSD Storage

HPC in the Cloud got a boost this week with this announcement of two updates to the Amazon EC2 instance family. EC2 Bare Metal instances provide customers’ applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. C5D instances with local SSD storage are designed for applications that benefit from high-speed, ultra-low latency local storage, such as video encoding, manipulation, and other forms of media processing that often include large numbers of reads and writes to temporary storage.

StorONE and Mellanox Build Wire-Speed TRU Storage Solutions

Today StorONE announced that it has partnered with Mellanox Technologies to leverage each other’s technological approaches in order to create powerful, scalable and flexible storage solutions. These solutions achieve the enterprise-class functionality, high performance and high capacity results at the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. “Modern software-defined storage solutions require high-performance, programmable and intelligent networks,” said Motti Beck, Senior Director Enterprise Market Development, at Mellanox. “Combining StorONE’s TRU STORAGE software with Mellanox Ethernet fabric storage solutions improves the simplicity, cost and efficiency of enterprise storage systems, supports enterprises’ mission critical storage features at wire speed and ensures the best end-user experience available.”

Accelerating Ceph with RDMA and NVMe-oF

Haodong Tang from Intel gave this talk at the 2018 Open Fabrics Workshop. “Efficient network messenger is critical for today’s scale-out storage systems. Ceph is one of the most popular distributed storage system providing a scalable and reliable object, block and file storage services. As the explosive growth of Big Data continues, there’re strong demands leveraging Ceph build high performance & ultra-low latency storage solution in the cloud and bigdata environment. The traditional TCP/IP cannot satisfy this requirement, but Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) can.”

New Types of Memory, their support in Linux, and how to use them via RDMA

Christoph Lameter from Jump Trading LLC gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “Recently new types of memory have shown up like HBM (High Bandwidth Memory), Optane, 3DXpoint, NVDIMM, NVME and various “nonvolatile” types memory. This talk gives a brief rundown on what is available and gives some example on how the vendors enable the actual use of this memory in the operating system (f.e. DAX and filesystems) and then show how an application would make use of this memory. In particular then we will be looking at what considerations are important for the use of RDMA to those memory devices.”